Is it "truly sinful" for a Christian baker to make a cake for a gay wedding? That is the question Pastor John MacArthur was asked during a panel in June, shares the Christian Post. MacArthur leads the evangelical Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California and is president of The Master's University in Newhall and The Master's Seminary in Los Angeles.
His answer was quite wise. Understanding that the issue was more about the government's control over one's conscience than anything else, MacArthur answered: "No, it's not sinful for a cake maker to make a cake for a gay wedding anymore than its sinful for a guy who runs a restaurant to serve dinner to somebody who is gay, sits in a booth and eats the food, or goes to the market and buys a loaf of bread and you own the market," he argued.
"What the issue is, is not whether that's sinful. It's whether the federal government can demand that people do certain things, which goes against their Christian conscience," he continued. "I actually think that we need to show love to everyone and particularly, we need to do good to all those that are outside the kingdom, as well as inside the kingdom, as much as possible — a gesture of kindness toward some unregenerate person is in itself not a sin," he added.
However, MacArthur made sure to point out that it is possible for a Christian to not feel comfortable providing services for a gay wedding and they shouldn't ignore that conviction. "You don't want to train yourself to ignore your conscience," he said. "I think it's a personal issue. The issue becomes when people are basically fined or imprisoned for doing things that are religious-conscience matters. And, that speaks to the issue of how much authority the government has to make you do that."
This answer is quite relevant in light of the Christian bakers in Oregon who recently went out of business after being fined for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding. What do you think of MacArthur's answer? Do you agree? Share how you feel in the Comments! Thank you!